TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 83)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


According to WordPress this is my 400th post and to celebrate this momentous occasion this weeks miniature has not been painted by me, it has been done by none other than my hobby son, IRO!  Let me explain.

Towards the back end of 2020, around about October as I recall, IRO had the idea that we should each paint a figure for the other and then exchange them.  Doing a collaboration when you you are 12,000 miles apart is nigh on impossible and so this seemed like a neat idea.  There were no rules to speak of and the options were relatively simple – do your own thing completely, try and do something which the other would like or try and step into the other persons world of modelling.  You get the idea I hope.  To see what I did for IRO you will need to take a look at his blog.

I didn’t know what to expect from IRO (who would?) but with impeccable timing a parcel arrived from Australia a couple of days before Christmas.  With a combination of excitement and trepidation I duly opened it.  I confess to being surprised but certainly not disappointed.

IRO knowing I have more than a keen interest in the Old West decided to go for a figure in a genre I love.  He also went for a 54mm figure of an iconic character, namely Lee Van Cleef from the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  The figure represented a major departure for IRO it seemed to me.  Firstly a step up in scale is not easy, the period is also something he is not typically associated with and, in order to be true to the film character, painting something in a single colour is, as I know myself, far from easy.

The composition of the figure is excellent, the rustic wooden base is very in keeping and the dry brushing has been done very well too and provides the necessary lift which is needed to break up the dominant black.   All in all I think IRO did a fantastic job but the biggest thing I take from this figure is that he stepped outside of his comfort zone to do something which he thought I would like.  I can report that I am delighted to say I am now the proud owner of a original IRO painted figure 🤗.

Hopefully this exchange of figures is something we will do again.   Not a competition but a very nice way of seeing up close someone else’s style and a neat way of some how making the world a smaller place and bringing the blogger community a little closer to hand.

I must point out this is not an exclusive exchange between IRO and myself.  If anyone else is interested in doing something similar just let me, or IRO, know.  If you want an original TIM or IRO figure in exchange for an original of your own just let either of us know and we will work something out.

Images of IRO’s figure, the original of which now resides in one of my display cases, are below.



Well It Made Me Laugh



New year plans

I was planning to do a separate post on my plans for 2021 only to decide it wasn’t worth the bother.  Don’t get me wrong I have plenty of ideas and things I want to do but the reality is I have very little control over making them happen as proved last year!

The New Year will be eventful I am sure.  The family world of TIM has a lot going on this year but will any of it go to plan?  Being realistic I doubt it, the early signs are not great.  Take modelling for example, unless the date is put back, it is hard to see Salute taking place in April but maybe there is a chance that Telford might in November.

One way or another the family and I will muddle through in the best way we can much as we and everyone else did last year and whatever does take place, be it modelling or otherwise, will doubtless be revealed through this blog.  We will therefore play things by ear.

I did however set myself one key objective which if achieved will allow everything else to slot into place.  To live.


Group Shot

Last week saw the completion of a small batch of American Civil War confederates but as rightly pointed out by Wudugast I omitted to include a group shot.



Give Me Five

A very controversial one to kick off the New Year and one if you are interested in that will get you putting your thinking caps on.  I very much doubt we will get much agreement on this one.  In fact I even argued with myself knowing that I have cast aside so many fantastic music scores from so many great films.  I have barely scratched the surface with this topic and if the truth be told I’m not entirely sure how I came to these five.

  1. American Graffiti
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. The Last of the Mohicans
  4. Pretty in Pink
  5. Top Gun


This week TIM has been listening to …

“California Man” by the Move.  Roy Wood and Jeff Lynn at their rocking best.  I just love that saxophone.  This track came out in 1971 when I was 14 and still at school.  I will always associate it with a school field trip to the English Lake District when some local lads made some unwelcome advances to some of the girls from our West London school.  To the annoyance of our teachers we boys had a word or two with the locals and thereafter we became the girls shinning knights.  The day culminated in a party atmosphere in the youth hostel where we were staying which had a jukebox in a cellar room and this track was played over and over again.  Happy days.


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Amazing Spider-Man” – starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.  Was in the mood for a dip into the world of Marvel comics and Spider-Man is one of the best.



Remember …

You know when you are getting old when one big fart can put your back out.



25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 83)

  1. What a wonderful model that IRO sent you , you have both made great choices for each other.
    5 soundtracks Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 & 2, Tron Legacy, as you say there is so many great ones to choose from and a lot of the time it depends on your mood.
    Wasn’t my favourite Spider man movie, and was not a fan of how The Lizard looked, but we can’t have everything or we’d all be politicians ! LOL

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    1. Yes IRO made a nice job and made a very good choice as far as I am concerned. The exchange was certainly a nice idea. As for sound tracks I think you are right in terms of mood dependent, it definitely plays a significant part when I am choosing what to listen too.

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  2. Aww a lovely write up of my humble little submission hehe. I’m really glad you like it. The group shots look great but I must go back and catch up on all the other posts. Ok top five soundtracks would be: 1. The professional (Leon). 2. The Thing. 3. Pulp Fiction. 4. Reservoir 5. ALL STAR WARS movies and also the Star Wars Mandalorian Series. (I think you’d actually dig that soundtrack, it’s a bit Wild West). I hope you get out to some model shows mate. Stay safe.

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    1. As said previously, delighted with the figure. As for posts, yes you are way behind mate and my stats are down so you need to get your finger out! 😉 Some nice soundtrack choices but boy what a bloody difficult category. A model show would be a lift, not just for me but thousands of others too I suspect, but that is a ways off over here in blighty right now. 😷☹

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  3. Luke did a bang up job on your miniature. see he can paint more than blood (sometimes!), as I said on his blog, nice idea.

    Top five soundtracks…

    1 Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back
    2 Guardians of the Galaxy part one
    3 Guardians of the Galaxy part two
    4 The Jazz Singer
    5 Purple Rain

    And I think you know when you are getting old, when you watch re-runs of “Open all hours” and you find yourself thinking….”That Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle, you would you know!” 😉

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Some good sound track choices Roger and more to add to my listening list when painting. As for Nurse Gladys, if someone said to me in my teens I would be sleeping with a 60 year old I would have believed them but here I am cracking It! 😉🤣🤣

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  4. This is such a great idea that you and IRO had, the model you sent him looks great ( just seen his post) and but I must say the one he has done for you supprised me, its very suited to sitting in your blog, looking more akin to your stuff than his. Very impressive!

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  5. Happy 400 posts mate! IRO’s done a lovely job there, all the black has been handled especially well as has the minimalist composition. I also really liked the model you did for him, you did a fantastic job with Arnie (great film too).

    Aye, my plans for the new year are a lot like yours really. Many of the big things I had planned for last year are still on the backburner. Hopefully things will settle down a bit more this year, and equally people should increasingly be adapting to the pandemic and finding new ways to handle things. We can put a man on the moon so I’m sure we’re smart enough to find ways to adapt our society to the pandemic whilst still getting things done. I thought your final point there was bang on the money, so long as we can manage that then everything else will follow. 🙂

    Oh and those confederates look excellent as a group. 🙂

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    1. He did do a lovely job didn’t he. As I have said I most pleased and above alit was a fun thing to do. Yep, in full agreement, little point in making plans just yet but I am itching to do so all being well at some point in the future. 🙂🤞

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  6. Congrats on your posting milestone. That is certainly worthy of recognition! IRO picked an awesome model and I can’t think of someone who had a better look for Westerns than Lee Van Cleef! I like the paint job quite a bit and as I mentioned on his post, this is a really fun idea you two have started. If shipping internationally wasn’t a pain, I’d definitely join in on the fun!

    It was also great to see the ACW group shot. That is a great looking group as I suspected 😀 I like that Spider-Man movie quite a bit as well. The sequel to it is absolutely awful though, unfortunately. I have a feeling Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man is something that will be largely forgotten by many people since his tenure was short lived.

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  7. Another brilliant and heartwarming post! Indeed, IRO did a wonderful job on Mr. Van Cleef, and certainly a great choice for your collection. Great job on the face and eyes (you obviously are mentoring him well) and the dry brushing on black is superb. As for movie soundtracks, I would say: 1. Flash Gordon (I’m with JNV 2. Gimme Shelter 3. The Blues Brothers 4. GOTG 1 5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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